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What was your first model u ever built?

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Posted by chippmunk53 on Monday, September 15, 2014 8:28 AM

My first model was an AMT 1939/40 ford sedan. My sister helped me get the engine together, but the chassis and body were up to me. I put together every conceivable combination of body parts, with/without fenders, hood, wheels. That was about 1959, long before a lot of you were born!

Found another 39/40 kit in the millennium series, and I just had to build it. Thought of my sis the whole time!

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Posted by rickcaps55 on Monday, September 15, 2014 9:02 AM

My first model was the AMT 3-in-1 1962 ford fairlane in 1962 I was 10 I got it at the corner drugstore R/X for $1.49. Two years ago I found one at spotlite hobbys on line for $110.00 I did get I just had to I have been building for 52 years I had to go back do the first one again.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:04 AM

I'm not exactly sure what my first kit was. It was possibly something like a Lemans Porsche 908. i remember the tires were molded in the same color as the body - IN WHITE! which kinda peed me off because i didn't have any paints to paint them black. it had the windscreen molded into the window frame and side windows, so the entire piece looked like a bubble-top.

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:38 AM

I think my first car might have been some old Tamiya motorised /no motor type kit - think it was a red Countach.  That would have been assembly only no paint

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.


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Posted by Crazy81 on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:36 PM

a 1/32 Model T... no paint..... Glued together with lots of Elmers Glue.. I cant believe I remember that..LOL

Or maybe it was the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Kit. I really wish I still had that one!

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Posted by Crazy81 on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:36 PM

a 1/32 Model T... no paint..... Glued together with lots of Elmers Glue.. I cant believe I remember that..LOL

Or maybe it was the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Kit. I really wish I still had that one!

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Posted by gloozalot on Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:27 PM

Lets see, the first kit I glued together myself was a F 86 Sabre Jet.  Might have been a Lindberg or Aurora I don't remember.  The first 1/24-1/25 car kit was a Hubley Nash Metropolitan followed by an AMT 62 nova.  All were horrible glue bombs and I wore em out in the sand box.  

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  



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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:45 PM
1979 Z-28, molded in yellow (back in the day of its original release). The only thing I painted was the tail lights. I remember being proud of my red/orange/amber lenses. It was the first one I glued together by myself.
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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:09 AM

The first models I can remember are the 5 or 6 models my dad built when I was a baby - No, I don't remember him BUILDING them then, that must have been when he got them,  because they were a 66 GTO (dark candy red), two 68 Chevy pickups (1 stock, dark candy blue and the other was the tow truck version,  lime gold metallic), a 69 Grand Prix painted avocado appliance epoxy paint. I was born in 67. He also had 2 friction promos - a 63 Bonneville in black and a 64 Grand Prix molded in mint green with a candy green paint job. I remember them because sometime later, when I was 4 or 5, he took them out of storage in the garage and I remember how amazed I was at those neat "toys" he had. I knew then they were to be MINE!

That was it, I was hooked and I've loved model cars ever since! Although my dad never built model cars again, I have always continued to build. And amazingly, I have a high survival rate for those gems. I still have the GTO, 1 of the pickups (the stock one) and the green Grand Prix friction. Sadly I ruined the Bonneville and the 69 Grand Prix and I only have parts of the tow truck. But I have since replaced the Grand Prix (got it as a $5 built-up, Score!) And  someday, I'd love to find an affordable Bonneville (Ha! Good Luck)

I'm also remembering the first model kit I built (with my grandfather) Monogram Dog Catcher. I'll never forget the big thumbprint HE accidentally put on the clear red windshield (he had big fingers)

The first model I received as a gift, AMT Bushwacker GMC Jimmy.

 The first model I ever built alone, Revell 57 Ranchero (the unchopped, baby blue one) Yes it was an unpainted, gluebomb.

The first model I bought with my own money, it was either the Rubber Duck VW van or the Revell California Cruiser Chevy van. Hey it was the 70s - vans, CB radios and disco music were big!

The first models I asked for for my birthday, AMT 76 Gremlin, 76 Matador X, Johan 76 Cadillac Eldorado snap kit, Johan 74 AMX snap kit and Monogram midnight Capri. That was a FUN birthday!

Over the years I've built a lot of kits, some of which I still have. Others, only parts left. Still others that have been built, rebuilt, customized and then restored. I feel fortunate that I somehow managed to hang onto those first kits of my dads before they were modified into oblivion. I think what saved them was when I found out how to strip multiple layers of bad paint jobs off of them and then storing them safely away until my skills improved enough to restore them correctly. I'd surely never be able to afford to buy them all back now.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7


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Posted by Big Gary on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 3:22 AM
First model car? 1962 Mercury Comet received as a gift from a classmate at Christmas. That got me hooked and away from airplanes, temporarily at least.
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Posted by rickcaps55 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:12 AM

My first was the AMT 3-in-1 1962 ford Fairlane i got new in 62 for $1.49 i just found a good kit on line about 3 years ago and payed $125.00 for it i had to do it it was my first.

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Posted by 61 Galaxie on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:35 PM

My first car kit was a 1961 Ford Galaxie 2dr hardtop - unpainted glue bomb indeed. Would love to find a kit of that again...think I might paint it this time!

You tell me what to buy to paint like Donn Yost and I'll tell you what camera to buy to take pictures like Ansel Adams...yeah, that's the ticket!

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:13 PM

|I remember it was my tenth birthday Happy B-Day ~~~~ . Just been disappointed by watching the new Star Wars film with Ewoks.... Stupid little comedy teddybears .... grrr ........Off Topic

Anyways , I got a present from my friend and opened it as a ten year old does .... Smile, Wink & Grin It was a 1:32 Airfix Ford Capri ( UK/German ) called Krackle Kat.

Oh wow that's soooooooooo 70's !

check out a google image & hold your hilarity....

More glue used on that one lil car than I've used in the last ...30 years !Zip it!

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:33 PM

 I built a few snap together kits when I was 4... But the first "Real" kit was AMT 1956 Ford Victoria 3-in-1. ( I built the Drag version. )

The hood, doors, and part of the roof were left unpainted. the rest of the car was two different shade's of blue that DID NOT complement each other .... and the part's that were painted .... I used a paint brush ! Streak's EVERYWHERE !

The interior was a completely different Blue than the rest of the car (Pactra Metallic Blue ) and looked TERRIBLE !  The rollcage was in there ...... sort of ....

I didnt know a lot about car's , but according to the "Box" it looked like the Carborator air scoop's should be glued to the hood .... HA !!! NOT !!!

I took some binder re-enforcement ring's ( the one's you put on notebook paper to keep the paper from tearing out of a binder ) and painted about 30 or 40 of them in different color's. I then procceded to "Stick " them all over the car.

It looked like my car got hit by a truck hauling "Froot-Loop's" !  .........


One of these day's I'm going to get another 56 Victoria and build it "EXACTLY" like the one I built in 1972 !

Ahhhhh...... memory's .......



Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...







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Posted by Katana on Friday, February 02, 2018 9:28 PM
First model? That would be 1970-71 (5 to 6 years old) a small commercial airliner that took 15 minutes and a half of tube of glue to build....:). Boy did those wings have trouble staying on...but i was hooked.
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  • From: Richland, WA
Posted by Butchie P on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:59 PM

I remember it was a 58 Edsel Convertible.  Painted it black (brush) with the decal flames and fender skirts.  Yes, I still have it, although it is not in full assembly.  And, it is STILL pretty ugly!

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Posted by tygr1 on Monday, March 05, 2018 2:37 AM
My first was the Lil T. A '23 T bucket pickup if I recall correctly


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